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U.S. Companies Leading to Reduce Emissions of HFC Climate Pollutants

Tue, 2014-09-16 14:18

Today, fulfilling a commitment under the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Obama Administration is announcing new private sector commitments and executive actions to reduce emissions of hydroflourocarbons (HFCs), powerful greenhouse gases that exacerbate climate change.  Taken together, these commitments will reduce cumulative global consumption of HFCs by the equivalent of 700 million metric tons of carbon dioxide through 2025.

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We the Geeks: Miss America

Tue, 2014-09-16 13:53

All across the United States, there is living evidence that scientists and engineers are not the nerdy, all-male, lab-coat-wearing, wallflowers pictured in the history books but include the full diversity of the nation. Bringing these images out of the shadows will inspire further diversity in STEM fields, as young people see inspiration in their teachers, communities, and mentors. 

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Expanded 2014 Edison Scholars Program to Focus on Litigation Issues

Tue, 2014-09-16 12:15

Guest blog post by Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee I’m delighted to welcome our 2014 Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Scholars to the USPTO. The Edison Scholar program, which began in 2012, enlists the services of distinguished academic researchers to study intellectual property issues that further the USPTO’s mission and the public interest.

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New Data Show Early Progress in Expanding Coverage, with More Gains to Come

Tue, 2014-09-16 11:19

New data out this morning from the National Center for Health Statistics show that health insurance coverage increased sharply in the first quarter of 2014, reflecting the significant progress made in expanding access to affordable insurance coverage during the first part of the Affordable Care Act’s inaugural open enrollment period.

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Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance in the United States in 2013

Tue, 2014-09-16 11:03

Today’s report from the Census Bureau shows that key indicators of poverty and family income improved in 2013. Moreover, there is reason to believe that this progress has continued into 2014, as the labor market has strengthened and millions have gained health insurance coverage. At the same time, the data also offer a clear illustration of the large amount of work that remains to strengthen the middle class in the wake of the worst recession since the Great Depression.

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Day at the Movies Inspires Business Incubator for Women

Tue, 2014-09-16 00:00

Four years ago, after a marathon grant-writing session at University of California at San Diego, scientists Lada Rasochova and Rosibel Ochoa decided they needed a break and went to the movies....

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10 Questions to Ask on Your First Phone Call With Franchise Headquarters

Tue, 2014-09-16 00:00

It may end up being the most important phone call you’ll ever have as it relates to your decision to become your own boss.
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A Look Back at Lehman Brothers and Where We Stand Six Years After the Financial Crisis

Mon, 2014-09-15 18:24

September 15, 2008 -- a day that rocked the American economy to its core after Lehman Brothers, then one of the nation’s largest investment banks, filed for bankruptcy. The largest filing in history, Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy sent shockwaves through the global markets and left families and businesses reeling.

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Opening the People's House

Mon, 2014-09-15 17:20

First Lady Michelle Obama greets members of the general public as they enter the Blue Room during their White House tour, Feb. 16, 2012.

(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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Commerce’s NIST Megacities Project on Improving Accuracy of Greenhouse Gas Measurements Named ‘Project to Watch’ by United Nations

Mon, 2014-09-15 17:09

A greenhouse gas field measeurment research program developed by scientists at the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and several collaborating institutions has been named a “Project to Watch” by a United Nations organization that focuses on harnessing big data for worldwide benefit. The Megacities Carbon Project was launched in 2012 to solve a pressing scientific problem: how to measure the greenhouse gases that cities produce.

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